Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Websites for Dummies (that would be me)

    Our website is on my mind lately because we are heading into our 4th annual photo shoot for new images, mostly for use on the website but also for advertising purposes (posters, etc). When I was planning the business, I never questioned the need for …

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  • Charitable giving

    With March 1st just around the corner, it’s almost time to review all of the applications we’ve received for donations for the period from April 1st to June 30th. Almost as soon as we opened, we started receiving letters and emails requesting donated cupcakes and …

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  • Sayonara, Valentine’s Day, for another year

    On Valentine’s Day, I worked at the FCP store counter from 8 until 4, and then over at Victoria Street until it closed at 6. Sometime in the morning, a customer ordered 10 of the two-mini boxes. These cute little boxes are the collapsible type …

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  • Suppliers who have your back

    This week we are using our Valentine’s boxes and we also have seasonal boxes at Thanksgiving and Christmas…and at all times we have 8 different boxes and 6 different bags…I could – and likely will – write a lot of posts on packaging and what …

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  • Valentine’s Week!!

    It is Valentine’s Week and in the cupcake business that means the busiest week of the year. So it  is a perfect time to talk about the issue of “mistakes” 🙂 2012 was our first Valentine’s Week and I think the big mistake we made …

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  • DIY Personality Profiling

    Today I want to write about the distance between having what you think is a great business idea and, say, the run-of-the-mill Tuesday many months or years later when you walk into your well-oiled and successful business, whatever that business may be. For me, this …

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  • Welcome!

    Together with family, friends, dedicated employees and two woefully small ovens, I opened Prairie Girl Bakery on April 1, 2011. Three years later feels like the right time to reflect on opening and running a small business, so welcome to my blog on that very …

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